I have an old desktop that does not boot up in Win XP anymore. Since I lost my XP CD I cannot fix it so decided to try Linux instead. I’ve downloaded Mint 12 Gnome 32-bit and burned a DVD. When I run Mint "Live" ie booting from DVD, I do not get the Menu bar or the bar along the top. During boot-up, both bars show and then disappear.
CPU: Intel Celeron 2.4GHz with 1GB RAM. Motherboard is Genuine Intel from about 6 years ago - don't know exact model number
Graphic Card: ATI Radeon RV100 – max resolution is 1680x1050 with my Acer P221W Monitor
This desktop works with Ubuntu 11.10, Zorin 5.2 and Puppy 5.3.1
After searching the forum, here’s what I’ve tried:
1. Ran Mint Live on brand new ASUS laptop and everything worked – so DVD is not the problem
2. Back on the desktop, I did Ctrl+Alt+Backspace and tried Gnome Classis and tried all the rest – no change … bars still did not appear
3. Reduced screen resolution all the way down to 800x600 trying all options in case graphics card could not cope – again no change.
4. Downloaded Mint from a different mirror site and tried all of the above again.
What else can I try? Since I cannot get to the Menu bar, I’ll need keystroke instructions to open the Terminal or anything else. I cannot even shut down the computer without pressing the power button!
I do not want to install and run Mint from the hard-drive until I know it is going to work on this computer. Right now, I’m running Ubuntu 11.10 on this desktop, but I’d like something more user friendly so my wife can use it as well. I liked Mint when I ran it on the laptop, but I need to get it running on this desktop.
I am new to Linux and this forum but not new to computers. I used to program in UNIX about 20 years ago but my skills are very rusty. I would say that I’m above average in the Windows environment. Thanks in advance for the help I know I'm going to get.